Occupational Health (Policy and Practice) (MSc/PgDip)
n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 3 years (MSc), 2 years (PgDip) (distance / e-Learning)
The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health is a distance e-Learning course that offers knowledge and expertise in the science underpinning Occupational Health and Safety, problem-solving skills, current and developing practice in the area. Its aim is to develop a research focus to enhance occupational health practice from a multi-professional perspective. The distance learning MSc/Postgraduate Diploma course offers a convenient means of acquiring the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Occupational Health for nurses, doctor, health and safety advisors or managers with busy work schedules and other responsibilities.
- The course is delivered online with minimum attendance only for the introductory course.
- The programme contains an emphasis is on practical solutions.
- The course can be tailored to your own schedule, study style, etc.
Apart from the introductory course in Cardiff, this distance learning MSc programme is delivered entirely on-line and face-to-face contact is not required. The course is a postgraduate and self directed programme, and participants are expected to collaborate through on-line interactions.
The emphasis in the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma course is on common occupational health and safety issues encountered in the workplace environment. Areas and concepts covered include:
- The prediction, recognition, evaluation and control of biological, physical, mechanical, chemical and psychosocial hazards in the workplace;
- The application of epidemiology and statistics to occupational health problems;
- Problem-solving in occupational health and critical appraisal of published evidence;
- Clinical, toxicological, psychological, ethical and legal perspectives;
- Placement and fitness for work;
- Occupational rehabilitation and employment of the disabled;
- Regulatory aspects of occupational health.
This course covers the majority of the competencies for specialist training as set out by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. Many of these areas and concepts will have special relevance to a number of participants on the course. However, other professionals will learn the major issues so that their understanding can be enhanced along with their role as part of the team protecting the health resource of their business.
Course materials are delivered on-line and participants, divided into groups, will work through tasks and case studies through on-line discussion and collaboration. Students assume responsibility for participating actively in the on-line learning process as a member of their team. Course materials will summarise information and therefore, in some respects, replace lectures. Participants are expected to contribute to the learning process according to their own backgrounds and experience. They discuss their findings and conclusions as a group and present them to their tutors and peers.
The modular design of the course will allow focus on problem solving skills and development of an evidence based approach to occupational health issues. Course materials will identify essential reading and include self-assessment tasks. Written assignments will be completed from a large choice and will form part of the module assessment. This will be supplemented by participation in an e-conference, which will be problem-based.
The emphasis in the course is on common occupational health and safety issues encountered in the workplace environment. Achieving the PG Diploma/MSc will enhance your performance in occupational health services and prospects of occupational health jobs.
Please see this BMJ Careers article in which one of the graduate students reflects on her experience of the course
Whilst the majority of the course is delivered by consultants in occupational medicine, the course management team also includes professionals in occupational health law, nursing and human resources , including UK leading experts such as Prof Diana Kloss MBE, Prof David Russell and Greta Thornbory.
- Diana is a barrister and former employment tribunal judge. She is the author of Occupational Health Law, Discrimination Law and Occupational Health Practice books and several chapters and articles. She writes a regular legal column in the journal Occupational Health at Work. Diana has been a member of a number of government committees, including the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS and the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council. She is also the chair of the UK Council for Work and Health.
- David Russell obtained a BSc in Neurophysiology from The University of Leeds in 1983, before completing an MSc in cardio-vascular physiology at the same university in 1984. He subsequently read medicine at the Welsh National School of Medicine (now Cardiff University), graduating in 1989. He subsequently practiced as an anaesthetist for 2 years, before specialising in medical biochemistry and completing his training in 2000, successfully obtaining his Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000; in 2003, he became a fellow of said college. In 2000, he was appointed as the Medical Director of the National Focus for Chemical Incidents, before becoming the Senior Medical Officer for the Environment at Welsh Assembly Government in 2002. In 2003, he was appointed as Head of The Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division (Cardiff), part of the Health Protection Agency for whom he worked between 2003 and 2013. He now works as a Consultant in environmental Toxicology for Public Health England. His main interests include the public health management of chemical incidents, maritime transport, air quality and public health and chemical terrorism. Professor Russell has obtained several research grants from the European Union for study in these areas. He also runs several training and teaching programmes, with regular contributions to universities in Kenya and Oman, as well as the Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI). He has strong links with WHO and its regions and represents the UK at the Chemical Events Working Group of the G7+Mexico Global Health Security Action Group.
- Greta is an occupational health and educational consultant with 35 years’ experience in occupational health (OH) practice and teaching. She also worked for the Royal College of Nursing for 12 years as a senior lecturer and programme director of both OH and CPD; during this time she was responsible for many of the 95 Nursing Update programmes for the learning zone on BBC TV and was the RCN representative on the UN Environment & Development Round Table on Health & Environment. Greta is now consulting and CPD Editor of Occupational Health. She is also responsible for several OH books including; Editor of Contemporary Occupational Health Nursing: a Guide for Practitioners and editor of Public Health Nursing: A practical handbook in 2009 and co-author of Employment Law and occupational health: a practical handbook.
There are two stages in the course: the taught component that leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma and the MSc dissertation. These comprise several phases as set out below:
Phase I: Introductory familiarisation course (three days)
Phase II: Delivery of course e-modules (two years)
We currently offer the following modules:
- Clinical Occupational Health Practice;
- Management of Occupational Hazards;
- Placement, Fitness and Rehabilitation;
- Epidemiology, Statistics and Evidence-Based Medicine;
- Law and Ethics in Occupational Health Practice;
- Health Promotion and Occupational Health Service Management;
- Environmental Management;
- Occupational Mental Health.
Phase III: Choice of dissertation
Phase IV: Completion of dissertation
Phase V: Award of MSc Degree
Assessment occurs at several levels. Throughout the teaching materials, on-line tests are available, which although not compulsory, assist participants in assessing their progress. There is also a summative assessment at the end of each module. This comprises participation in a problem-based e-conference, involving the on-line discussion of case scenarios or other similar focus. In addition, students submit a 3000-4000 word written assignment, which may involve critical appraisal of the literature.
Those who successfully complete all course modules participate in all e-conferences and submit all written assignments to the required standard will be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health. Those wishing to proceed to an MSc are required to successfully submit a dissertation on an approved subject.
Suitable for all those who are involved in the general area of occupational health, those concerned with policy and management issues, those involved in the development and delivery of services to employees and organisations, as well as those with academic and research interests in occupational health.
Applications are welcome from graduates in a relevant subject, e.g. health and safety, medicine, nursing or other health care professions, with an interest in and experience of occupational health services. Applicants without a degree, but with appropriate vocational qualifications and experience in occupational health, will also be considered.
As the course will be delivered in a multiprofessional environment, applicants working in fields with only limited direct involvement with employee health issues will also be considered, e.g. trade union officers, human resource managers, scientists etc, subject to the same prior educational standards.
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UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
All fees include non-refundable deposit of £1100.
International Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
All fees include non-refundable deposit of £1100.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Emma Scott OR Lynda Sullivan
Telephone: +44 (0) 29 2074 2659 or +44 (0) 29 2074 6698